Towel Day Photo Contest

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DONT PANIC!

In honor of the upcoming International Towel Day and our deep love to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy we are going to run a little fun contest. Up for grabs is the most intergalactic case we could master, the coveted Peli 1510 hard case.

To win this gorgeous PELI case, all you have to do is to post an Hitchhiker’s-Guide-to-the-Galaxy inspired photo on the comments section: Towels, Robots, improbability and babel fish are welcomed.  Surprise us.

On Towel Day, Photographer Dave K. Piper and The Team at Peli will select two winners and we will ship them the two Peli Cases.

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Panasonic G7 Officially Announced, Will Allow 8MP photo extraction From 4K footage

G7_8Panasonic has just announced its new mirrorless micro four thirds camera, formally known as the Lumix DMC-G7.

As expected, the camera features the DFD autofocus technology found in the successful GH4 and 4K video, with a new multi-process noise reduction system thrown into the mix.

Three new 4K photo functions have also been included and will allow the extraction of 8-megapixel still images.

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Fujifilm Announces X-T10 camera and 90mm f/2 Lens

IMG_495677Two exciting additions were announced earlier today in Fujifulm’s mirrorless X-series line-up.

The X-T10 is an enthusiast version of the flagship X-T1, and as such the cameras have quite a bit in common, including the sensor and processor.

Among the new features are the Zone and Wide Tracking modes that will make the most out of the 77-point focus system.

Joining the X-T10 is the 90mm f/2, with a fast aperture, weather sealing and a popular focal length equivalent of 137mm.

Both products will become available within two months and are can already be pre-ordered.

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Create Demon Black Eyes in Photoshop

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We all love the dark demon eyes looking back at us from a picture or movie. It just tells you that that model you’re looking at will devour your soul, damning it to hell for all eternity.

And here’s how you can turn your models into soul-hunting demons and have them look cool at the same time. It’s a subtle trick but it will give great impact to your image.

If you are lucky to have a good concept you’ll probably make sure you have some black sclera lenses for your model to put in. But if you don’t have them there’s an easy way to get the effect in photoshop as well.

In the video below I’ll walk you through the steps to create such dark eyes.

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Photographer Responsible for Horrendous Bike Crash to Face a Series of Lawsuits

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Other than being “that guy” for the rest of his life, the unnamed photographer who caused a massive crash at The Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) will likely face several lawsuits following Thursday’s crash during the Giro d’Italia.

Daniele Colli, the cyclist whose mangled arm made headlines worldwide, was said to file a complaint with local police on Saturday, with his team and the competition organizers filing their own suits.

Luckily for spectators, the organizers and team owners are inclined to keep the action close to the crowds and focus on educating viewers rather than distancing the racers.

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Dear Canon and Nikon, I Have Some Suggestions

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Dear Canon and Nikon,

Last November, a spacecraft which had traveled 6.4 billion miles over ten years successfully landed on a comet. A COMET. This means we can now do ANYTHING, which is why I am writing you today with a list of suggestions, nay, improvements that I hope you will consider implementing in future DSLR’s.

None of the suggestions are as daunting as landing on a comet, I assure you. Let’s get the idea machine started!

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Why You Should Get a Degree in Photography; and Why You Shouldn’t

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Back in the day things were very clear; if you wanted to become a photographer, you’d get a degree in the field. As in many other professions, a formal education was required in order to gain experience, learn the technical aspects and obtain official certification.

Nowadays you’ll have a hard time finding an employer or client who cares if or where you got your “proper” education, you no longer need to be a semi-engineer to take your photos or a chemist to develop them, and some level of experience can easily be gained since everybody has a camera now (even dogs).

You’d think all that would lead to a clear cut answer when it comes to people asking if they should get a degree in photography. However, as Ted Forbes explains in the video below, things aren’t so black or white.

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Nikon Introduces Heartography; a Camera Triggered by a Dog’s Emotions

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Nikon’s latest development, heartography, couldn’t be truer to the company’s slogan – ‘At the heart of the image’.

The contraptions is claimed to “connect to emotions” as it monitors the heart rate, in this case of a dog named Grizzler, and captures a photo when there’s a noticeable increase.

“Photos can capture the world’s beauty within a single frame, and photographers translate what they feel into what others can see”, the Nikon website states, adding that “with Heartography, anyone with a heartbeat can be a photographer”.

Despite the cool insight gained by the street photography of the first canine photographer, or phodographer, it’s unlikely that you’ll see the device taking over anytime soon.

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Aerial Photography Without A Drone – Hands On Review of the Seaport Digital MegaMast

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The single biggest challenge I face as a photographer is finding ways to create images that are noticeably different than everyone else’s.

The vast majority of photographs that have ever been taken (or ever will be) are captured from about 5 feet above the ground – eye height for the average human.

One different perspective that I find particularly interesting is overhead and aerial photography.

There are several (very complicated and expensive) ways to get a camera overhead, but I recently had the opportunity to review a product that makes taking overhead and aerial style photos very easy – and the results are spectacular.

Hit the link to continue reading my hands on review of the Seaport Digital MegaMast. (If you do decide to get one, use code mega10 on checkout to get 10% off during the following week)

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A Slick DIY Self Contained photobooth

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Photographer John Nakatsu  of K+J Studios operates a photobooth on events. On of the challenges with these kinds of botoh is to make them portable, and easy to set up. John came up with quite a clever solution to make the entire botoh self contained and easy to port without losing quality and fun.

The pictorial below goes through all the steps, so you cna get inspired on creating your own. Here is how he did it:

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